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For the last five years women from the Country Quilters group — many of them moms and grandmothers — have volunteered their time and talents to make “lullaby quilts.” Anyone interested in quilting is invited to attend the monthly sessions. Photo by Carolyn Lange

Volunteers make hand-made connections of love and support to babies in Kandiyohi County


Gunnar Thorp is snuggled and asleep in a thick, colorful quilt that not only keeps the 1-month-old baby warm during naps, but also provides a comfy cushion for tummy time that will help strengthen his neck and prepare him for crawling.

The quilt also provides an opportunity for Kandiyohi County Public Health Nurse Marilyn Kemppainen to strengthen a connection with Gunnar’s mom, Kristi Thorpe, as she begins her job as a first-time mother.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750